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Private and confidential : letters from British Ministers in Washington to the foreign secretaries in London, 1844-67, James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes

Label
Private and confidential : letters from British Ministers in Washington to the foreign secretaries in London, 1844-67
Title
Private and confidential
Title remainder
letters from British Ministers in Washington to the foreign secretaries in London, 1844-67
Statement of responsibility
James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
These letters are not the official numbered dispatches that have been readily available to scholars for a number of years. Rather, they are letters that were exchanged on a personal level between British diplomats serving in Washington, D.C., and their foreign secretaries back in London, and that bore the bold marking "Private and Confidential" on the envelopes and on the letters themselves. The majority of them have not been published previously, nor were they filed with the official Foreign Office documents which are available to the public. Instead, they were retained among the private papers of each foreign secretary, and were therefore solely his property and entirely dependent on his heirs for preservation. As a consequence they reside in various collections scattered throughout the British Isles. The private letters usually dealt with matters of the greatest urgency and diplomatic delicacy and were intended only for the eyes of the recipients, not for subordinates in the Foreign Office. They were sent with special care by diplomatic courier so as not to fall into the hands of the United States Post Office where they might be appropriated by press reporters. The Barneses have provided each letter with an introduction in order to place it in its contemporary context. Allusions within the letters are clarified by notes. Brief biographical sketches of key individuals are included in an appendix. Because of the private nature of these letters, they give a fuller and more human dimension to the events they describe. There are remarkable insights concerning American politics and society by foreign diplomats who were not casual travelers but experienced observers trained to note and record their impressions. Since their terms of office ranged up to five or six years, their judgments transcend the superficial. Whatever prejudices they had enlivened their style of writing and add another dimension to the reader's understanding of America and its people. Unlike their continental European counterparts, these ambassadors suffered no language barrier and accommodated themselves more readily to life in the United States. For them, in spite of past differences, a common literature, commerce, and tradition bound the two nations together. Throughout the period covered by these letters crucial diplomatic issues like the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny. were being discussed. Domestically, slavery and statehood dominated the political scene. Reading these letters recalls those turbulent times and captures them in a new and penetrating way
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DLC
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Barnes, James J
Dewey number
327.73041
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.G7
LC item number
B218 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Barnes, Patience P
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  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Diplomats
  • United States
  • United States
  • Great Britain
Label
Private and confidential : letters from British Ministers in Washington to the foreign secretaries in London, 1844-67, James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780945636335.pdf
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 424-462) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Sir Richard Pakenham and the Oregon Question, 1843-1846 -- 2. Henry Bulwer and Central America, 1850-1851 -- 3. John F.T. Crampton and the American Political System, 1852-1853 -- 4. British Preoccupation with the Crimean War, 1854 -- 5. Recruitment, 1855 -- 6. Expulsion, Transition, and Restoration: Crampton, Lumley, and Napier, 1856-1857 -- 7. Napier and Ouseley: A Conflict of Personalities, 1857-1859 -- 8. Lord Lyons and the Buchanan Administration, 1859-1860 -- 9. Prelude to Civil War, 1861 -- 10. The Trent Affair -- 11. Decisive Victory Eludes the North, January-June 1862 -- 12. William Stuart and the Interventionist Crisis, June-November 1862 -- 13. Mediation and Domestic Emancipation, November 1862-June 1863 -- 14. From Gettysburg to President Lincoln's Reelection, July 1863-December 1864 -- 15. Sir Frederick Bruce and the Opening Stages of American Reconstruction, April 1865-July 1866 -- 16. Preoccupation with Domestic Affairs, July 1866-September 1867
Control code
ocm25414528
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9780945636335
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91050101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)25414528
Label
Private and confidential : letters from British Ministers in Washington to the foreign secretaries in London, 1844-67, James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780945636335.pdf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 424-462) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Sir Richard Pakenham and the Oregon Question, 1843-1846 -- 2. Henry Bulwer and Central America, 1850-1851 -- 3. John F.T. Crampton and the American Political System, 1852-1853 -- 4. British Preoccupation with the Crimean War, 1854 -- 5. Recruitment, 1855 -- 6. Expulsion, Transition, and Restoration: Crampton, Lumley, and Napier, 1856-1857 -- 7. Napier and Ouseley: A Conflict of Personalities, 1857-1859 -- 8. Lord Lyons and the Buchanan Administration, 1859-1860 -- 9. Prelude to Civil War, 1861 -- 10. The Trent Affair -- 11. Decisive Victory Eludes the North, January-June 1862 -- 12. William Stuart and the Interventionist Crisis, June-November 1862 -- 13. Mediation and Domestic Emancipation, November 1862-June 1863 -- 14. From Gettysburg to President Lincoln's Reelection, July 1863-December 1864 -- 15. Sir Frederick Bruce and the Opening Stages of American Reconstruction, April 1865-July 1866 -- 16. Preoccupation with Domestic Affairs, July 1866-September 1867
Control code
ocm25414528
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9780945636335
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91050101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)25414528

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